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This Eye-Opening Tumblr Thread Explains Why 'Pugs Are Not Cute'

ryan.ford 24 Jan 2019

Pugs are both an ancient breed and a popular one, beloved and coveted by many. But because of all the ways they've been bred to have such lovable derpy faces, they're also a controversial breed.

Tumblr user cranberrycapers used the platform to break down all the ways that pugs are not cute, even though they are undeniably adorable. It's a real eye-opener as to how these dogs deserve a much better fate than humans have given them.

"Pugs are not cute," cranberrycapers begins. "Pugs are malformed, inbred, sick animals that should never have existed."

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Bold words, especially to the legions of fans of the breed. But he didn't say such things without backing it all up with some evidence, which he laid out in point form.

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"Dogs pant to cool themselves," he wrote. "As pugs have practically no snouts, they have trouble cooling their bodies and they can suffer from organ failure as a result."

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"Pugs are often unable to breathe properly due to their short snouts and compact breathing passages," he continues.

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"This inhibits their ability to do things that dogs like best — running, chasing things, playing."

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It's true of all short-nosed dogs, like bulldogs and boxers as well as pugs. The condition is called Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome, and it can cause huge problems.

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"Pugs suffer from a mangled jaw from which their teeth grow in all directions."

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Pugs are more likely to have dental problems than other dogs, and dogs are already prone to dental issues in general.

Untreated, dental troubles can lead to kidney, liver, heart, and joint problems, and shave one to three years off a pug's life, according to Aubrey Animal Medical Center.

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"Because of the distorted shape of their skulls, their eyes commonly pop out of their heads."


"Sixty percent of prolapsed eyes become blind. Eyes put back in the skull are prone to infection and the dog may need treatment for the rest of their life."

"Their eyes are also prone to swelling painfully, becoming scratched, and being irritated by their eyelashes."

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"When excited, pugs are prone to getting fluid stuck in their throats, making them choke or gasp for breath."

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"This is given the cutesy nick name 'reverse sneezing.'" Which doesn't sound cute at all. Imagine that even getting excited is painful for you! Yikes.

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"As it can be difficult for pugs to exercise, they are prone to obesity."

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Which, naturally, will only add to their breathing difficulties — problems that start right from birth, cranberry capers notes. "Some pugs are born with their nostrils pinched almost shut, making it impossible for them to live without an operation."

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"The wrinkles on their faces will become infected without constant, careful cleaning by their caretaker."

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Again, that's something that similar breeds like bulldogs have in common with pugs.

And as a former bulldog owner, I can confirm that you really have to stay on top of cleaning those wrinkles out so the poor dog doesn't get an itchy face.

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"Pugs are so inbred that a study of ten thousand pugs in the UK had the genetic makeup of only 50 individuals. Inbreeding means that defective genes are more likely to be expressed and passed on to offspring."

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All that inbreeding means a lot of genetic predispositions to other health problems, cranberrycapers notes.

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"Pugs have a genetic weakness to demodectic mange (a pretty nasty skin condition caused by mites)."

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Mange is not fun at all, but the poor pug's genetic predispositions can get downright nasty. "Necrotizing meningoencephalitis (brain swelling) is common among pugs. Dogs with this condition usually die within a few weeks."

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Even their tails can be troublesome.


"Their curled tail makes them susceptible to hemivertibrae - misshapen backbones which cause spine bending and instability, neurological disorders, back leg paralysis, incontinence, and pain."

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"I am so sick of seeing pugs being celebrated," he wraps up.

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"Their small, squashed skulls, facial wrinkles, curled tails, and protruding eyes are actually valued when these characteristics are a cruelty in themselves. Pugs are charming, sweet, funny little souls and they don’t deserve the bodies humanity has designed for them," he concludes.

"Stop celebrating pugs. Stop buying pugs."

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Veterinary professionals have backed cranberrycapers's opinion of pugs.

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Back in 2016, British veterinarians put out a call for people to stop buying brachycephalic dogs like pugs and bulldogs — and you know it's serious when the Brits don't want you buying bulldogs. They said that the popularity of such dogs "increased animal suffering" and they "strongly encourage people to choose a healthier breed or a crossbreed instead," according to the BBC.

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Irish vets went a step further in 2017, advocating a ban on all ads featuring flat-faced animals.

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And Swedish researchers pointed out another problem not even connected to breathing difficulties, finding that roughly one in three pugs can't walk properly, according to Gizmodo.

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It's sad but true — the things humans have bred into pugs to make them cute is causing suffering.

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As one study in England found, 70% of pugs in the country under veterinary care had at least one disorder recorded, with obesity, corneal disorder, and otitis externa, which causes swelling of the ear, at the top.

So maybe it is time to stop buying pugs and cut off the demand for things that make sweet dogs suffer.

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